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A lad finds people with unusual traits and a flying ship.,
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This review is from: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship: A Russian Tale (Paperback)
This children's book is a retelling of an old Russian tale by Arthur Ransome, who had first published the story way back in 1916. It is about an honest and innocent young boy who tries to find a flying ship and, in so doing, encounters several men with unique abilities. At the end of the story, the boy wins the hand of the Czar's daughter and the boy is no longer regarded as a fool. I am certain that I shall be in the minority in my opinion because I see a slightly darker side to the old folktale. I think that the young lad is more foolish than the original author intended. He had discovered flight yet failed to use it to help others or to advance his kingdom. He found people with magical and unusual powers but fails to use them to help others or to better the Kingdom after the original "mission" had been completed. The book was illustrated by Uri Shulevitz and it won the 1969 Caldecott Medal for best illustrations in a book for children.
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